Johanna Montlouis-Gabriel

Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies

Foreign Languages and Literatures Department

North Carolina State University

Withers Hall

101 Lampe Drive

Raleigh, NC, 27607

jmontlo [at] ncsu [dot] edu

Full CV in French and in English available for download below.

Curriculum Vitae



2018 (awarded)

Ph.D. in Romance Languages, French and Francophone Studies, The University of Georgia.

Dissertation: “Afro-Descendant Women’s Narratives in French : Embodied Knowledge, Creativity and Afro-Feminism”

Committee: Dr. Rachel Gabara & Dr. Emily Sahakian (co-chairs) Dr. Catherine Jones, Dr. Subha Xavier.

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2012 – 2014

M.A. of Arts in French Language and Literature, North Carolina State University

Master’s thesis title: “Marie-Sophie Laborieux: femme “potomitan” au coeur  de la société martiniquaise”.

2012 – 2014

Certificate of Accomplishment in Teaching

Participant in 2-year leadership at North Carolina State University, teaching and learning development program including workshops, classroom observations, personal assessments and pedagogy oriented talks. Program culminated in the creation of a teaching and professional portfolio.

2011 & 2017

Maîtrise (M.A.) in American Civilization & Francophone Literature and Cultural Studies, Université Jean Monnet, Saint-Etienne, France

M1 American Civilization and Culture (2011)
M2 Francophone Literature and Cultural Studies (2017)

2007 – 2010

Licence (or B.A.) in English and American Language, Literature and Culture, Université Jean Monnet, Saint-Etienne, France

Degree received with mention “Bien”

Book Manuscript in Progress

The Afro-Feminist Creative Praxis of Black French Women (Provisional title)

Responding to the demands of the current moment, in which focusing on Black histories, experiences and contributions is of critical importance, Afro-Feminist Creative Praxis explores and theorizes how Afro-feminism operates in contemporary French cultural production. [Book Proposal Under Review]


The Dismantling of Afropean Families in Léonora Miano’s Afropean Soul

Ouvrir la voix (Amandine Gay): Opening One’s Eyes to Today’s Afropeans

Reading Hairstories and Hairitages’ in Léonora Miano and Rokhaya Diallo’s Works

Interview with Amandine Gay on Ouvrir la voix: Visibility and Representation in Afro-Feminine Landscape of France

Ouvrir la voix by Amandine Gay (review)

Grants, Honors and Awards

Spring 2022

Camargo Foundation Fellow – Core Program

The Camargo Foundation Fellowship, Core Program, is a competitive program which was initiated in 1971. Each year, it awards 18 international fellowships in the Arts and Humanities, supporting research and experimentation that challenge the borders of academic and artistic inquiry while promoting cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural exchange. 

2019 – 2020

Faculty Research and Professional Development Grant, North Carolina State University

FRPD was established to assist faculty in initiating research and professional development activities. The primary objective of this program is to provide seed funding to individual investigators to jump-start larger awards and grants from outside agencies.

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2017 – 2018

Dolores Artau Scholarship – The Department of Romance Languages, The University of Georgia

Awards given to graduate students on the basis of academic excellence and to help them make progress toward their degree.

Spring & Summer 2017

The Graduate School’s Dean’s Award – The Graduate School, The University of Georgia

The Graduate School Dean’s Award helped me go to Montreal, Canada for a week to interview Amandine Gay, do some research at the gender research institute and to go to Avignon, France to see the play “F(l)ammes” by Ahmed Madani and interview the actresses of the cast.

Spring 2017

Willson Center Graduate Research Award – Willson Center for Humannities and Arts, The University of Georgia.

The Graduate Research award provided support for a month-long archival research at the Archives Nationales d’Outre Mer in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Spring 2017

3MT People’s Choice Award Winner – The Graduate School, The University of Georgia.

Competition in which doctoral students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis or dissertation topic and its significance to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.

2013 – 2014

Outstanding Graduate Student – Foreign Languages and Literatures Department, North Carolina State University.

2013 – 2014

Excellence in Classroom Teaching Award – The Graduate School, North Carolina State University.

The award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching provides a grant to the student who has demonstrated exceptional ability in classroom education and preparation. This individual is identified by their outstanding performance in the classroom and their ability to go above and beyond their call of duty. They have showcased an exceptional ability to design, administer and effectively teach college level course work.

2012 – 2013

Outstanding Graduate Student – Foreign Languages and Literatures Department, North Carolina State University.

Invited Talks

April 2021

Invited Lecture, The University of Georgia

Invited Lecture on Afro-Feminist Movements in France, The University of Georgia, GA. [Zoom Event] 

October 2020

Co-Presenter & Co-Facilitator, Penn State University

Co-presenter and co-facilitator for discussion of Amandine Gay’s first film, Ouvrir la voix/Speak Up, Penn State University, PA. [Zoom Event] 

Conference Presentations

2021 “Snippets of Pleasure: Black French Women Writing & Expressing Desire,” Contemporary French Civilization: Intersections conference, [Zoom Presentation]

2021 “African Art, Restitution and The French Republic,” 20th and 21st Century French & Francophone Studies Colloquium, [Zoom Presentation] 

2021 “Mariannes Noires: Black French Women and the French Republic,” 20th and 21st Century French & Francophone Studies Colloquium, [Zoom Roundtable, Organizer]. See it here.

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2020 “Community Theater and Activism: Black French Women Performing Heritage,” French History and Culture Colloquium, National Humanities Center, Durham, NC. 

2020 “Afro-Feminist Epistemologies and Lineage: Afro-Diasporic Literary Conversations,” Colloque des Féminismes Noirs, Campus Condorcet, Paris, France. 

2020 “Listening through Shadows: Black French Women’s Literary Testimonies,” Women in French Conference, Iowa State University, Ames, IA. [Cancelled because of COVID-19] 

2018 “How Do You Say “Afrofeminism” en français?: On the Emergence of Afro-Feminine Voices in the French Public Space in France,” to be presented at Women In French Conference, Florida State University. Organized panel entitled “Female Identity and Voice: for a Better Representation of Modern Women in Twenty-First Century Francophone Literature and Media” 

2017 “Feminine Consonances: Transnational Echoes in Condé and Djebar,” South Atlantic Modern Languages Association, Atlanta, GA. 

2016 La féminisation des éléments naturels dans Colline de Jean Giono,” Southeast Coastal Conference on Languages and Literatures, Savannah, GA. 

2015 “French and its Other: The Conflicted Literary Space in Maryse Condé’s Le Coeur à rire et à pleurer and Assia Djebar’s L’Amour, la fantasia,” Cultural Carolina Conference, Columbia, SC. 

2015 “De la résistance feminine selon bell hooks à la naissance d’une communauté dans Texaco de Patrick Chamoiseau,” Crossroads Conference, Athens, GA. 

Teaching Experience

2019 – Present

North Carolina State University

Language Courses: FLF 102, FLF 201

Content Courses: FLF 307 (Business French) FLF 308 (Contemporary French Cultures), FLF 595 (Paris Postcolonial), FLF 492-592 (World Tour & Literature in French), FLF 520 (Literary and Cultural Theory).

2014 – 2018

The University of Georgia

Language Courses: FREN 1001, FREN 2001, FREN 2002,

Content Courses: FREN 2030 (Practical French Conversation), FREN 3010 (French Conversation and composition), FREN 3080 (French Culture and Civilization), FREN 4150 (Business French), FREN 4080 (French Migrant Literature)



Program Assistant NCSU in Paris and Lille, Study Abroad Program in France, NCSU

Advertised the program on campus, assisted with orientation session, facilitated excursions, class discussions.

2016 and 2017

Assistant Director of UGA en France, Study Abroad Program in Montpellier, France at UGA

Advertised the program on campus, conducted students’ interviews, co-conducted interviews of faculty and teaching assistant for the pedagogical team, organized online orientation session, facilitated excursions, class discussions, created content of courses.

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March 2021

Honors Book Club – Co-Facilitator

Along with Dr. Margaret Simon (English Department), I co-facilitated a discussion on graphic novel Hot Comb by Ebony Flowers.

November 2019

National French Week Event, NCSU in partnership with Meredith College

Event Coordinator to organize the First National French Week events at North Carolina State University. Organized a Francophone tasting, a Francophone showcase as well as a Francophone Game Night. All events were in partnership with Meredith College. Read about it here.

August 2019

Small Group Leader for Freshman Common Reading

Led a group of Freshman to read and discuss Born a crime: Stories from a South African childhood by Trevor Noah. 


Brown Bag Series Organizer, Department of Foreign Languages, NCSU

Sole Organizer to put together midday presentations led by faculty and graduate students. Held responsibility for advertising, booking and scheduling of events.

2016 – 2018

Graduate Student Mentor

Helped set goals and work toward achieving them by guiding four mentees about various resources available on campus, as the need arises, served as a positive social and academic guide by supporting mentees with their involvement in the Romance Languages department and on campus, provided an environment that supports constructive feedback.


Resident Language Coordinator for the French Language Community, Mary Lyndon Hall at UGA.

Taught Practical French Conversation course and organized cultural activities for the residents. Led the French Table, an informal, weekly gathering of Francophones in Athens, GA)

2016 and 2017

Crossroads Conference Organizing Committee, Department of Romance Languages at UGA

Annual graduate student conference led by graduate students at the Romance Languages Department. Served twice as the main leader on the Organization Committee. Wrote grant and funding requests, arranged a keynote speaker visit, selected abstracts, organized and moderated a panel.


Colloquium Series Organizing Committee, Department of Romance Languages at UGA

Member of the Organizing Committee to put together Friday presentations led by faculty and graduate students, sponsored by Graduate Student Organization. Shared responsibility for advertising, booking and scheduling of events.


  • French: Native Speaker

  • English: Near-Native Proficiency

  • Spanish: Good Proficiency

  • Portuguese: Fair Comprehension (with dictionary)